Magpies Cup Run Ends With 2-1 Defeat At Luton Town
10:55pm 1st December 2012
FA Cup 2nd Round Luton Town 2 Dorchester Town 1
Dorchester Town's FA Cup run is over despite a gallant effort by the Magpies players.
After a bright start they were pinned back for the rest of the first half by Luton, who took deservedly took the lead after 29 minutes.
Having survived two let offs, the Magpies defence was eventually penetrated by lively striker Andre Gray, who sprung the offside trap before jinking past 3 players then shooting past Jason Matthews.
Striker Ben Watson was looking increasingly isolated as Dorchester's 4-5-1 formation made little impact. Their only chance on goal came after 7 minutes when Mark Jermyn shot over.
After the break, Jon Garcia was replaced by Sam Malsom who joined Watson up front. Immediately Dorchester posed more of a threat. Charlie Clough twice missed the target with close range headers as Magpies traded attacks with the hosts.
Luton defender Dean Beckwith was stretchered off with 25 minutes left, causing a 5 minute delay as he was treated for what appeared to be a serious leg injury.
Shortly after, Alex Lawless shot across the goal into the net against the run of play put Luton 2-nil up, but this prompted Magpies to dominate the rest of the game. Within 3 minutes Arran Pugh pulled a goal back, with a shot from close range. Then Hatters' keeper Mark Tyler set out to almost single handedly deny Dorchester an equalier, with top quality saves from both Watson and Malsom.
Despite the defeat Magpies can be proud of their efforts against a side riding high in the league above them. They have to face them for the 3rd time in a week on Tuesday, when their FA Trophy replay takes place at Kenilworth Road.